Occupational Hygiene Services

COSHH Regulations

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations require employers to:

  • assess the risks to health from chemicals and decide what controls are needed;
  • use those controls and make sure workers use them;
  • make sure the controls are working properly;
  • inform workers about the risks to their health;
  • train workers.

To comply with COSHH you need to follow these eight steps:

  1. Assess the risks
  2. Decide what precautions are needed
  3. Prevent or adequately control exposure
  4. Ensure that control measures are used and maintained
  5. Monitor the exposure
  6. Carry out appropriate health surveillance
  7. Prepare plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies
  8. Ensure employees are properly informed, trained and supervised

The Environmental Protection Act 

The Environmental Protection Act  introduced the concept of integrated pollution control in order to prevent pollution from emissions to air, land or water from scheduled processes. Authorisation to operate the relevant processes must be obtained from the enforcing authority which, for the more heavily polluting industries, is HM Inspectorate of Pollution. Control of pollution to air from the less heavily polluting processes is through the local authority.

Regulations also place a 'duty of care' on all those involved in the management of waste, be it collecting, disposing or treating Controlled Waste which is subject to licensing.

Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Testing

In order to comply with Regulation 7 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations, LEV plant should be thoroughly examined and tested on a regular basis. For the purpose of compliance, checks should be carried out at least every 14 months.